First report of Tomato yellow leaf curl begomovirus in Puerto Rico
In spring 2001, tomato plants (Lycopersicon esculentum cv. Florasette) showing yellow leaf curling, stunting and reduced fruit set were observed in Guánica, Puerto Rico. Disease incidence reached 20% in the affected field on 25-day-old tomatoes, and after 8 weeks 75 % of the plants showed symptoms. Molecular assays revealed the presence of Tomato yellow leaf curl begomovirus (EPPO A2 quarantine pest). This is the first report of this virus in Puerto Rico. The situation of Tomato yellow leaf curl begomovirus in Puerto Rico can be described as follows: Present, found in 2001 in one tomato field (Guánica, southern coast of the island).
Bird, J.; Idris, A.M.; Rogan, D.; Brown, J.K. (2001) Introduction of the exotic Tomato yellow leaf curl virus – Israel in tomato to Puerto Rico.
Plant Disease, 85(9) p 1028.